Good intentions

My knee is FINALLY starting to feel better – I’d fallen right on it while wearing ski boots and it’s been stiff and sore ever since.  Once it is a bit better, I’ll start running again.  I should have taken it up before skiing but blah blah blah got in the way.  The other day, I saw this thing on how to get fit before skiing in The Week.

I am almost certainly not going to do any of these
I am almost certainly not going to do any of these

I have been told that running is BAAAAD for you (or at least your knees) and that I should be doing yoga instead.  However, yoga requires that I am available at x time on y day and whenever I’ve gone to yoga, it’s been full of people who are really, really good at it.  Bit embarrassing really.

We’ve been looking at pianos (we have space in the IoW for a real piano).  So far, we’ve seen a bunch of second hand ones at J Reid (they have a factory where they fix the old ones and make them playable), a couple that people are selling through word of mouth (so far one that plays very nicely but is quite ugly – and too small for the space – and one that looks beautiful but is so unplayable, it is basically a really stylish shelf to put picture frames) and Peregrine’s Pianos (which, it turns out, doesn’t really sell second hand pianos although they did have a nice 30 year old Yamaha that someone had traded in for something much smarter).

There are a couple of problems with this – the first is that I am not very good at playing the piano so it is a bit embarrassing when I pull out my practise book and start clunking away at a piano in a showroom to people who are FAR better than I ever will be (particularly when they demonstrate the different sounds each piano makes by expertly playing Debussy).  The second is that looking at a new £17k piano (seriously, that was the price of one of the pianos demonstrated yesterday) when you’re looking for a cheap second hand one is a bit like deciding that you want to buy a Renault Fuego then going to a Porsche showroom.  It makes everything else look a bit crappy (and there is no way we are buying a £17k piano, like, EVER).

Packing

I like to think I am a great packer – and for the kids, I am.  Seriously, I can get it done for everyone for a week in about twenty minutes.  However, when it is just for me, I am entirely useless.

Tomorrow, I am going to Russia with my friend M.  And I am, finally, packed (give or take a few things).  It’s meant to rain on Saturday so I have an additional sartorial problem.  Plus, I’m not sure exactly what we’re going to do.  I’ve heard that Russian women believe in dressing up, which isn’t really my scene.

I have the problem that I am really fat at the moment.  Yesterday, I caught sight of myself in a security camera.  UGH.  So today, I went for a run.  It won’t have made much difference but it does make me feel better.  I had an appointment with my chiropractor earlier in the week and she asked me how my running was going.  I enormously exaggerated the extent of my running schedule; she knew and I knew that I was lying but neither of us said anything.

New river walk. There were ducklings out while I was running.
New river walk. There were ducklings out while I was running

First run of 2016

Yesterday, I went for a run.  It was my first one of 2016 – I had a break over Christmas because of a cold and, well, just because.  It was okay – I did 20 minutes very slowwwwwwly but will get faster soon enough.  I’ve eaten (and drunk) far too much over Christmas and don’t feel as fit and strong as I would like.

It was a beautiful day – sunny and cold.  The New River was frozen, although I am not sure that this has come out all that well in my pictures.

New River in January
New River in January
Frost
Frost

I’m getting faster

Yesterday, I went for a run after a few days’ break (I’d pulled a muscle on my back which was not at all interesting and was totally through my own stupidity).  I won’t go on about it but I am getting faster – this makes me happy.  I have a goal to reach a particular postbox by the end of 25 minutes and yesterday was the first day that I managed to get there before the 25 minutes were up.

This is my goal
This is my goal

Running in December

Today, I went for a run – I was meant to go yesterday but I was feeling a bit ropey.  It was okay although I’m still not getting any faster.

I love this cotoneaster
I love this cotoneaster

Although everything looks really wintry, it’s incredibly warm for the time of year.  The guy in the Angel Deli told me that in Italy (where he is from), it is -5C.  The Italians are so lucky.

The blossom is out on this tree
The blossom is out on this tree
The roses are still blooming
The roses are still blooming

CamelBak

A while ago, my husband bought me a CamelBak.  This is really super useful – I tend to get a bit panicky if I haven’t got anything to drink when I’m running but carrying a water bottle often gives me sore hands.  I blame sitting actuarial exams throughout my twenties – it’s given me arthritic fingers.

CamelBak
CamelBak

There isn’t a huge amount of space to carry stuff but it will take my phone, keys and a credit card or some folded notes.  I can even take it skiing (although the water tube sometimes freezes).

More running

Yesterday, after we got back from the RAF Museum, I went for a run.  I really wasn’t in the mood – it was quite dark and looked like it was about to pour.  Plus I really felt like sitting on my bottom, eating bon bons in front of the telly.  However, I also quite like attempting to be fit and healthy so I went and I was glad I did.

I was a bit slower today than during my last run but never mind (there wasn’t much in it).  It spotted a little bit (enough to cool me down) but it didn’t rain hard.

Highbury New Park
Highbury New Park